Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Yarn Along--the late Christmas sweater


Well, I am back for Ginny's Wednesday Yarn Along for the first time in a few weeks, and you might expect that I was finally done with this brown Henley, but I am not.  Yes, it was meant to be done before Christmas, but we got all hung up with the preparations for the great feast and put it aside to squeeze in a couple of smaller gift projects.  And so I am now trying to get it done in time for Adrian's birthday on the 5th of February.  I ought to make it, as I am on the second sleeve.  I only have to check Etsy for the perfect buttons.  I want to get some 3/4" silver ones with a Celtic knot design [Funny story there:  I really wanted something reminiscent of Rohan from Lord of the Rings.  I spotted a button with a horse and rider on it and said "That's what I need for this sweater!"  Turns out the button was a 150 year-old antique collector's item and cost $68!  I do know how to pick them, don't I?]

I am really itching to get something else on my needles.  I have several projects in mind, but I will not begin until this thing is done!

I am actually reading The Giver right now--youth fiction, which Una read and thought was "okay--sort of creepy".  Seems a quick read, and I like to keep abreast of her reading as much as I am able.  The gnome book is my own and I am reading it for--ahem--research.  I'll say no more for now, as it has to do with an upcoming birthday.

I look forward to seeing what you've been knitting and reading!

16 comments:

  1. I have that Gnome book and I love it! It's a great read and hilarious - plus the illustrations are great for ideas.

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  2. That must be some button! The Henley looks really nice and I'm sure you will find some nice buttons at a better price.
    I just had my son read the Giver and he enjoyed it.

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  3. Your sweater is coming along nicely...I bet you'll be done by next week...it's okay when things don't get done in time! Better late than never.
    I really enjoyed "The Giver" thinking about our government and control over the people, could get to be a society like that one in the book...scary! But I thought it was an excellent story of why people should strive for freedom!!!

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  4. Yikes! That's one costly button. ;-)

    I think you'll have no problem finishing that sweater for his birthday. I hope you find some great buttons soon.

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  5. You're getting so close! I love the brown. But, I think I prefer wearing brown to actually knitting with it. (I love youth fiction as well)

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  6. We have that Gnome book, too! Love it! But love the Henley sweater more! How talented you are! (and patient!!)

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  7. There are lots of gnomes around here. There's even a forest where people dress up and recreate a famous Latvian tale. (It was kinda strange though...)
    Happy knitting!

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  8. Yep, you sure can pick em lol. You are almost there!

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  9. Oh, it looks like Blogger will permit me to leave a comment! (Very exciting, because I have ONLY been experiencing frustration with it lately.) Your henley is looking warm, cozy and so close to completion. And I grew up with that book! Can't wait to see what your research leads to.

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  10. I love that gnome book. Now just to think up a project so I have the excuse to use my copy for research!

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  11. Button hunting is so difficult for me. I have extremely limited sources locally. So when I am visiting my sister in Pittsburgh I always pick up buttons I like without any idea which project it is for. It's all a guess! I hope you find what you are looking for.

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  12. Congrats on the sweater finishing! Love looking for buttons. I am a LOTR nerd and that expensive button sounds perfect. I have the same issue-picking out expensive stuff.

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  13. Almost there! I've been eying that pattern - I love the Henley style. Hoping you find the perfect buttons!

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  14. oh my that's a valuable button! i sometimes find them on clothing at second hand stores, it's fun to look anyway.
    i LOVE the gnome book, i have the same one. it's one of my favorites.

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  15. Oh that chocolate sweater looks so luscious! All those perfect stitches...Rohan buttons sound awesome, and yes you do know how to 'pick' everything with that wonderful artist's eye of yours! (and we have that gnome book around here somewhere - can't wait to see the birthday surprises!)

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  16. Ooo! That Gnome book brings back so many memories! I had the same one as a kid and it was one of my favorites! If you haven't yet, you should check out the Troll and Faries books by the same author. Such delightful books!

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